Tag: Dorothy Stratton

The Long Blue Line: SPARs – female trailblazers of the Coast Guard

A World War II recruiting poster for SPARs, the Women’s Reserve branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard image.

By the end of World War II, nearly 12,000 SPARs had served in the Coast Guard. They pioneered the role of their gender in the service, the federal government and the nation as a whole. They have since helped shape the Coast Guard into a better institution for all men and women and continue to do so today.

SPARs – In Service and In Spirit

“These women were strong, independent, confident. As Captain Stratton said, ‘All we asked was for the Coast Guard just to give the women a chance.’ They gave the women a chance and they made good.” – First Lady, Michelle Obama (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey Ranel) In memory of Eleanor

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First Lady makes history as a Coast Guard ‘first’

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Distinguished guests including the First Lady, Secretary of Homeland Security and Coast Guard Commandant honor Capt. Dorothy Stratton during the christening of the Coast Guard’s third National Security Cutter, Stratton, July 23, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey Ranel. Capt. Dorothy Stratton has captured the attention of

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SPARs Day: A day to remember

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Coast Guard Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara poses with members of Coast Guard SPARS, July 22, 2010. SPARS is a contraction of the Coast Guard motto Semper Paratus and its English translation Always Ready. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Casey J. Ranel. “A tremendous tribute.”  – Vice Adm. Sally

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itCG – Innovation Expo, pirates repelled, First Lady honors women vets, Guardians in the community

The Ninth Coast Guard Innovation Expo wraps up today. Yesterday’s focus was on harnessing the power of Guardian innovators. While the private sector can be a powerful force for progress, some of the best ideas come from right inside the Coast Guard. The Expo provides a unique forum for junior enlisted personnel to interact with

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